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RATINGS: 354   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Detailed in a letter from the General to his officers during the war, Washington’s recipe employed molasses to aid fermentation and give rich caramel notes to this robust, roasty ale. The recipe reflected his admiration for Philadelphia-style porters, especially those brewed by Robert Hare (whose original brewery stood just blocks from where ours is now). Our Tavern Porter, inspired by Washington’s, is dark, smooth, and complex with just a hint of dried fruit in the finish

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
kramer (5510) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2005
12 oz bottle. Poured a dark ruby with an enormous, almost comical off white head. Aroma of faint roasted malt/burnt toast, chalk, and some dark fruit. Flavor of watered down coffee, dark fruits, and heavy sweetness. One positive, the 7% ABV is well hidden. Mouthfeel is of medium body with an overly high carbonation level. Finish is bland with notes of mineral. Overall, a bland thin-ish porter that was a chore for me to finish. I’m usually a fan of Yard’s beers, but somehow I don’t think that George would approve of evoking his name in regards to this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2005
Draft at Sippin by the River ’05. Sorry not to have gotten to this before. Fresh, local porter, ture to the style, with a little bump. Beats Yuengling’s porter.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2005
Bottle: Very little aroma. Some malt scent. Brown. Clear. Small tan head. Almost no lacing. Medium bitter flavor with lots of choclate and some malt. Ok to drink. Not a great porter, but not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nuffield (3912) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 17, 2005
Absolutely massive tan/beige head, medium density, eventually settling into a brown/amber/red body. Aroma suggestive of vanilla, caramel, and even a hint of yeast. Strong alcohol jumps out of the flavor, but there is some candi sugar sensibility and some roasted notes, though the finish suggests a bitterness not born of roast but of metal. Not bad, but not wowing me. Middle of the pack to slightly below average among American porters. But hey, if the Father of Our Country liked this beer, it must be good. Bottle.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - SEP 14, 2005
12 oz bottle from Paul. Smells like vinegar but not like it’s turned (yet?). Theres still some caramel and cola flavors too. Actully, it gets to be port-ish, grape/almost raisen-ish. Too sweet and no roastiness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 10, 2005
Thanks to Slob for this one. Aroma is very muted, but some mild sweetness of indeterminable origin comes through. Dark brown with a large creamy head. More sweet than roasty, but it has sort of sulpher tinge to it rather than any molasses I have had. Some mild cheery fruit flavors in the finish. Doesn’t have that roasty wholesomeness I expect froma porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 3, 2005
Pours a bit light colored for a porter- deep red/light brown with a big head at first but fades. Carbonation is way too high as was expected from Yards. Aroma is moslty fruity with lots of crystla malts with hints of chocolate. SOme yeasty notes along wit some fruit- makes me think the fermentation temp is too high. Molasses definately adds to the alcohol. Sweet caramel malt flavors with some hot alcohol in the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - AUG 19, 2005
12 oz. Bottle. Poured a dark brown with red highlights, with a foamy off white head. Nose had some fruit and choclate. The taste was full and smooth, lots of typical porter flavors.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11670) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - AUG 16, 2005
12 oz bottle-pours a rich, creamy tan head. Color is a very deep amber. Taste is a chocolate malty, toasty. Good carbonation. A nice occasional beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - AUG 7, 2005
My wife brought this bottle back from her trip to Philly. Pours a dark mahogany color with a decent tan head that left a tiny bit of lacing. Scent is sweet, mostly. Lots of dark fruits; dates and cherries mostly. Very nice. Flavor is okay. Same fruit flavors as in the scent but they’re not as ...spry. There’s an off aftertaste here, as if they were trying to go for a mineral mouthfeel and it affected the flavor a touch. Still not bad, though. Mouthfeel definitely has some mineral to it and is well carbonated. I’m not a big Porter fan normally but I try to rate to style. I gotta say this is one of the better Porters I’ve had, but not the best. I wonder how close this is to Gen. Washington’s intention.

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